August 3, 2013

August 3, 2013
Congressional Report
Dear Friends,

This week, I would like to share with you several updates during my work week in Washington, D.C.

My bill, "Government Customer Service Improvement Act (H.R. 1660)," Passes the House

This Wednesday, the Government Customer Service Improvement Act of 2013, a bill I authored, passed the House.  The bill seeks to serve the taxpayers by improving customer service across federal agencies.

Just like the private sector strives to provide excellent customer service to bring in business, the federal government should embed better service to bring efficiency.  I have a strong belief that we owe our taxpayers more than delays and service breakdowns – we owe them an effective, efficient, and responsible government because, ultimately, government is in the business of customer service.

View my full statement here: 

Congressman Cuellar addresses the Floor on his bill, HR 1660, The Government Customer Service Improvement Act of 2013.

Countdown to the Border Health Conference in Laredo

Only 20 days only the 8th Annual Border Health Conference in Laredo, TX!

This August 23rd, I will be hosting the 8th Annual Border Health Conference in association with the Texas Medical Association.  This is the first time the conference will be held in Texas and on the border. Our panelists will explore how to raise awareness of health care challenges along the border.   

The conference will be held at La Posada Hotel in Laredo, Texas.  To RSVP, please email the Border Health Caucus at or contact my health care staffer, Mary Hinojosa at 

Affordable Housing Grants and Loans Videoconference

This week my office hosted an affordable housing grants and loans videoconference in Laredo, San Antonio, Floresville, and Rio Grande City.

Representatives from both the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development divisions discussed federal housing loans and grants opportunities.

With the majority of my district being rural, I encourage the residents, city and county governments, and housing agencies across TX-28 to take full advantage of these opportunities. Home ownership is an integral part of the American Dream and I am committed to connecting the full reach of federal resources to local needs.

Featured are attendees of the Affordable Housing Loans and Grants Videoconference held in Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

My Meeting with Erika Rios, student from Mission

I met with Erika Rios, sophomore at Michigan State University and a resident of Mission, Texas. She is interning in Washington, DC this summer at the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association. I was happy to meet her and express my support for our young children and migrant workers.
Congressman Cuellar with Erika Rios, student from Mission, TX. 

 My Outreach Coordinators Attend Events Across TX-28

In Rio Grande City, Starr County Outreach Coordinator, Nichole Hernandez, met with constituents at Keepin' It Rio Market Days, in Rio Grande City. This event was a great opportunity to enjoy beautiful art, good food, and entertainment with family and friends.

Featured in this photo: Sol Gallegs (SOL Fire Simple and Fabulous), Nichole Hernandez (Starr County Outreach Coordinator), Laura Ocanas (Sunflower Boutique), and Draven Garcia.
In San Antonio, my Outreach Representative, Gilbert Lafuente, attended an Advisory Committee meeting of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Advisory Committee. 
Gilbert Lafuente, Outreach Coordinator for Bexar, Atascosa, McMullen, Wilson and La Salle counties, with Krista Sherwood, Community Planner with the National Parks Service.                  
In Laredo, my Outreach Coordinator, Jorge Garcia, met with WestCare Foundation, Maurice Lee (Right-Center), Richard Jimenez (Far-Right) and La Familia Consulting & Counseling Services, and Jesse Hernandez (far-left).        

Jorge Garcia meets with (L-R): Jessie Hernandez (La Familia Consulting & Counseling Services), Maurice Lee (WestCare Foundation), and Richard Jimenez (WestCare Foundation).


Congressman Henry Cuellar







Washington D.C. Office
2431 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-1640
fax: 202-225-1641

San Antonio Office
615 E. Houston Street, Suite 563
San Antonio, Texas 78205
phone: (210)271-2851
fax: (210) 277-6671
toll free: 1 (877) 780-0028

Laredo Office
602 E. Calton Road, Suite 2
Laredo, Texas 78041
phone: (956) 725-0639
fax: (956) 725-2647

Rio Grande Office
100 N. F.M. 3167
Rio Grande City, Texas 78582
phone: (956) 487-5603
fax: (956) 488-0952

Mission Office
117 E. Tom Landry
Mission, Texas 78572
phone: (956) 424-3942
fax: (956) 424-3936